Local social enterprise Mórvargh Sailing Project has teamed up with Plymouth University's Marine Institute to create the challenge of a lifetime for a group of students. The Lighthouse Challenge has been set up to celebrate Plymouth University's 150th anniversary and to raise money for the Drake Foundation by visiting as many lighthouses as possible whilst sailing Mórvargh's class D Tall Ship, Helen Mary R to Santander and back. In total the students will have travelled over 1000 miles and raised money for the 150 anniversary charities, such as Plymouth's Drake Foundation along the way.
Departing on the 1st June from Sutton Harbour the students; some of who have never sailed before, will visit or spot as many lighthouses as possible whilst tracing a route that will start at Plymouth's own Smeaton's Tower to sailing across the channel to Brittany and then on across the infamous Bay of Biscay to Santander in Spain.
"For those that have never sailed before the first few days will certainly prove to be a challenge." states Matthew Barraud, Director and Skipper of Helen Mary R. He continues, "The Lighthouse Challenge is going to be a great opportunity for the students to take part in a fantastic adventure but also give us a chance to raise money and awareness for a number of charities at the same time."
The students will take part in all activities onboard, from navigating to cooking they will need to work with and rely on each other throughout the two and half weeks they'll be onboard. As part of Mórvargh's ethos of using sail training to develop young people the students will be encouraged to challenge themselves and push their personal boundaries throughout to get to Santander and back in the time scale allocated.
There are currently eight students taking part in the Lighthouse Challenge but they are still looking for more to take part. There arel two places remaining for any young person, aged between 16-25 to take part. If you are interested in finding out more please contact Matthew Barraud at Mórvargh Sailing Project for more information.
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 Hits: 1055